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Supreme Court rules in favour of LGBT asylum rights

The Supreme Court has ruled that two gay men from Iran and Cameroon have the right to asylum in the UK. Lord Hope, who read out the judgment, said: “To compel a homosexual person to pretend that his sexuality does not exist or suppress the behaviour by which to manifest itself is to deny his […]

Metro targeted by anti-racist spoof

London commuters were this morning surprised to find that their usual Metro paper was a bit thinner, yet more interesting and engaging, than usual, says a press release from a group calling itself Press Action: Tens of thousands of copies of a spoof newspaper that looked very similar to the free daily were distributed at […]

Fifty people forcibly deported to Baghdad last night

I haven’t been in Iraq since I was seventeen.  I don’t even speak Arabic so I can’t stay in Baghdad but how am I going to get from there to Kirkuk?   I have a three year old son here.  The UK is my home.’ PRESS RELEASE, International Federation of Iraqi Refugees,  17th June 2010 Approximately […]

Medical Justice – Judicial Review stops deportation without warning

Medical Justice – Judicial Review: Judge halts deportation without warning of suicidal people and unaccompanied minors A High Court judge ordered the UKBA to stop removing foreign nationals from the UK with little or no warning after individuals were denied access to justice in the process. Represented by the Public Law Project, Medical Justice is […]

Deportation flight leaves for Baghdad. Another due next week

PRESS RELEASE from International Federation of Iraqi Refugees, 9th June 2010 Deportation flight leaves for Baghdad as more Iraqi refugees given deportation tickets for next week Approximately ten Iraqi refugees were removed to Baghdad early this morning on a deportation flight via Sweden.  At least three people’s tickets were cancelled before the flight and were […]

55% of children wrongly detained says Refugee Council study

Refugee Council response to first quarterly asylum statistics for 2010 published today Refugee Council, 28 May 2010 In response to the publication of the first quarterly asylum stats for 2010, Donna Covey, Chief Executive of the Refugee Council said: “Initial decision making in the asylum system continues to give cause for concern, with 27% of […]

Ending child detention?

The new coalition Government have now published their agreed policy priorities and within the document is a commitment to “end the detention of children for immigration purposes”. This is a huge step forward for the campaign and for every one of you who has helped demand this change. Click here to read the full coalition […]

SERCO: Stop Locking up Children!

Press Release Tuesday 11 MAY 1.30PM At Serco’s annual meeting in London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall this morning Dr Frank Arnold, torture scars expert and Serco shareholder asked the following question: ‘Serco is expanding its activities in Healthcare to include NHS hospital management, polyclinics and GP services. At the same time, the company is receiving serious […]

Post Election Blues

A new government, a new Home Secretary Theresa May, Tory MP for Maidenhead, has been appointed as the new Home Secretary. It should come as no surprise that May is assessed on the Public Whip website by her voting record as someone who: “believes that the asylum system should be stricter by tightening the criteria […]